Annessa Burns is the Readers’ Choice in this week’s Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge. The winning entry is decided by the popular vote and rewarded with a special feature here today. (In the case of a tie, the writer who submitted an entry first is the winner per our rules.) Without further ado, here’s the winning story:
by Annessa Burns
“Oh, Katie why don’t you go play outside with Amber?” Mom asked when I came home.
“Because there’s nothing to play,” I answered.
“How about stepping stones?” she suggested.
“I guess we could try. Can you call Amber’s mom and see if she can come over to play with me?”
“Sure, sweetheart no problem,” Mom answered.
When Amber arrived, we went outside to collect stones. After a while, a boy named Charlie asked to play. We said, “Yeah, we’d love you to.” Every kid on the block asked to play soon.
“Look we’ll have people to play with everyday if we play it again,” Amber said.
“Yeah, we could play fun things every day. This is fun. I have to thank my mom!” I said.
“Hey Mom, thanks for the stepping stone idea. A bunch of kids came over to play. We had a blast.”
“Well, I’m glad because I used to play it with your Aunt Suzie all the time and she just admired the thought of you playing it.”
“Really?” I asked. “She did?
“Please ask if she can come over with the girls so we can play again,” I asked pleadingly with my puppy dog face and eyes.
The next day, Aunt Suzie came over to play with us, but the girls were sick. It was awesome Aunt Suzie came to play. “I hope we can do it again someday, Aunt Suzie.”
“So, do I Katie,” said Aunt Suzie, lovingly.